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Wamego, Kan., offers fans a road to Oz

Wamego, Kan., is home to a museum, winery and restaurant that follow a ‘Wizard of Oz' theme.
by Matthew Price Modified: August 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm •  Published: August 19, 2012
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/articleid/3701085/1/pictures/1801596">Photo - A Toto figurine stands guard at Toto's Tacoz, next door to the Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas. Photo by Annette Price, for The Oklahoman. <strong></strong>
A Toto figurine stands guard at Toto's Tacoz, next door to the Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas. Photo by Annette Price, for The Oklahoman.

The museum is open March through October, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission for those 13 and up is $7, children 4-12 cost $4, and children 3 and under are admitted free.

Next to the Oz Museum is Toto's Tacoz, which serves Tex-Mex food with a Wizard of Oz flair. Murals in the restaurant feature Toto hidden throughout; hot sauces sold include the Cryin' Lion (for the Cowardly Lion) and the Ticker Kicker (for the Tin Man).

The Oz Winery, just up Lincoln at 417A, sells limited edition Oz-themed wines, as well as affordable options including “Ding, Dong, the Wine is Red” and the “Drunken Munchkin.” More information is available at www.ozwinerykansas.com.

The Columbian Theatre Museum and Art Center, at 521 Lincoln, will again put on “The Wizard of Oz” performances this fall. The performances will be the weekends of Sept. 28-30, Oct. 5-7 and 12-14. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m.

That's part of Wamego's “OzToberfest,” which this year runs Sept. 28-30. It includes a street festival, children's activities, a bike ride and an entertainment stage.

Wamego is also home to The Dutch Mill on E Fourth Street. The mill was originally built in 1879 and moved to the Wamego city park in the 1920s. It is now the only functional grinding mill in the state.

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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